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After Teddy Molina committed suicide six years ago because of bullying, his cousin, Eric Tunchez, wanted to end the behavior that led his cousin to take his life.

“Who bullies to death?” asked Tunchez, of Corpus Christi. “We want to end the bullying,”

Bullying Ends Now” is a bullying awareness event hosted by Tunchez’s group Stop Bullying and the Zachary Flores Foundation that will take place 1 p.m Saturday at DeLeon Plaza in remembrance of those who committed suicide because bullying.

Tunchez’s Bullying Ends Now campaign strives to bring attention to bullying on school property to cyberbullying in local school districts.

He began the campaign in Corpus Christi after his niece was bullied in middle school. He and his friend decided to go to the school to protest, and the movement grew.

He decided to bring the event to Victoria after he learned about several suicides that have occurred during the school year.

“We are continuing what we started,” Tunchez said.

His target audience for reducing bullying and prevention is students, parents, educators and administrators.

Activities at the event include martial arts demonstration, a best anti-bullying poster contest and potato sack and three-legged races. Different health care professionals will be on-site.

Special guest speakers include Mike Collins of Operation Friendship, Mingo Molina of #TeamTeddy and the Zachary Flores Foundation.

The Zachary Flores foundation will also be at the event, he said.

Tunchez said he plans to continue the event.

“We need to make sure kids get the proper guidance,” he said. “Put bullying in the trash can already.”

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Gabriella Canales reports on education for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at gcanales@vicad.com or 361-580-6578.

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Gabriella Canales graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria with a B.A. in English in 2016. Feel free to contact her with ideas because she is eager to tell stories.

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